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a strong upper low centered over the ohio valley will move easttonight into thursday. weak upper shortwaves will move across themountains through tonight resulting in scattered snow showers andsnow flurries. a clipper system will cross our region on friday with some light snow accumulations...especially in
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good morning, it's thursday, february 11th. thanks for starting your morning off with good day virginia. i'm kyle benjamin. and i'm january keaton. we start this morning in roanoke county-- still waiting for new information on a wreck that sent four people to the hospital. you're looking at the scene along route 220 and webb road wednesday night. roanoke county officials tell wfxr news a car being chased by virginia state police from franklin county
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on fire.police used a canine unit and helicopter to look for the driver of the car...who took off after the crash. state police say the chase began after troopers tried to pull the car over for reckless driving. a strong upper low centered over the ohio valley will move easttonight into thursday. weak upper shortwaves will move across themountains through tonight resulting in scattered snow showers andsnow flurries. a clipper system will cross our region on friday accumulations...especially in
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with wind chill values expected in the single digits, danville utilities is asking its customers to conserve power during peak periods. those peak periods include: today, friday, and monday between 7-am and 10-am.power officials say there is plenty of power available and the
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now, but urge residents to conserve if possible due to those low temperatures. walgreens locations across the country, including right here in the commonwealth, will soon start overdose antidote, nah- lock-sone. officials say selling the drug is a huge step towards helping reduce drug overdoses. attorney general mark herring says more than 7-hundred virginians died in 2015 from heroin or prescription drug overdoses. a bill aimed to arm school security guards is making its way through virginia's general assembly. as mark tenia reports, those for and against it are making their voices heard in the state capitol. for years bills aiming to allow school staff to arm themselves at public or private schools have failed...now a proposal to allow security guards at
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that was mark tenia reporting. the bill will now head to the house for a
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vote is expected to happen. changes are coming to an iconic roanoke valley landmark. starting february 28th, hotel roanoke will be re- branded. hilton officials announcing that their "curio" collection is expanding to over 30 hotels in many different countries. curio is a collection of unique hotels, and our cameras also got a first look at hotel roanoke's newly renovated executive rooms and lounge. officials say they are excited because curio branding won't take away from the hotel's unique and iconic qualities. general manager: "we think, you know there is a great interest out there by travelers to want to be in unique and distinct properties are coming these days, really are looking for more unique and distinctive properties and not necessarily those cookie cutter brands." the hotel roanoke is the first hotel in virginia to be a part of the curio brand. you'll also want to get your hands on those double tree cookies as well. a new
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the hotel re-branding becomes official on the 28th. crews at the virginia museum of transportation are steaming up 611 locomotive this morning to take off for spencer, north carolina where the train will be stored until the spring excursions.wfxr's taylor kanost is live in downtown roanoke this morning. he's going to tell us what's ahead for 611 over the next few months. good morning. as you mentioned, 611 is leaving the virginia museum of transportation this morning for north carolina. it will be taking the old virginian route through hurt, then switching to the southern route through danville, and greensboro later on today. 611 is slated for a number of passenger excursions this spring, the first of which will travel from spencer to lynchburg on april 9th. in may, the steam engine will head back up to roanoke for several half day excursions from 611 is the last of the j class. j class was designed and built right here in roanoke at the roanoke shops. there were 13 of them. 611 is the only one that survived and the only one that's actually out on the tracks and pulling under steam. train lovers day here at the virginia museum of transportation has been moved
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saturday, february 20th from 10 am to 5 pm. unfortunately, for the event, but a y-class locomotive also built in visitors to get an up-close offer museum officials chose to move train lovers day to february 20th because of the forecast cold conditions. reporting live in roanoke, taylor kanost wfxr news. wfxr news.taylor kanost in roanoke, reporting live in roanoke, taylor kanost "around this more crowded every day, people going to roanoke every you have to wait
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to have i-73 run through six to have i-73 run the plan is out in the road." the plan is to have i-73 run through six states, but the commonwealth is the only state where construction hasn't started. coming up a little later right here on good day virginia. why that is and what's next for the future of the proposed interstate.
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over the ohio valley will move easttonight into thursday. weak upper shortwaves will move across themountains through tonight resulting in scattered snow showers andsnow flurries. a clipper system will cross our region on friday with some light snow accumulations...especially in
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in national news headlines this morning. the f-b-i says it has surrounded the last armed protestors occupying a federal wildlife refuge in oregon. the takeover started january 2nd, when protesters took over the refuge due to what they call government overreach of federal land. agents are now trying to negotiate with those still inside. protest leader amnon bundy and several others were arrested last month without incident. the city of ferguson, missouri is being sued by the department of justice.
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made that annoucement wednesday. lynch says after 26 weeks of negotiations, the department of justice and ferguson could not reach an agreement on changes to the city's policing policies. two sheriff's deputies in maryland are dead after a shoot-out at a shopping center. the deputies answered a call at this panera bread for a dispute.investigators say a man shot the deputies near the store and then ran away. the harford county sheriff's office says other officers shot and killed the suspect, later i.d'd as david bryant evans. what was to be a seven-day cruise from new jersey to the bahamas and back came to an early end after a royal caribbean cruise ship docked late last night. passengers were in for a wild ride in rough seas fired up by 125-mile-per-hour winds. now, royal caribbean is facing scrutiny. marvin scott reports. three days after enduring a
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the battered royal caribbean ship and its 6,000 people aboard docked in bayonne, new jersey.royal caribbean, facing scrutiny after the ship sailed into a storm in the atlantic, apologized to passengers in a statement sent shortly before the ship docked, saying "we have to do better."for roughly 12 hours, passengers of the anthem of the seas had hunkered down in their rooms sunday as the captain of the cruise ship battled rough seas off cape hatteras, north carolina."it was horrendous," passenger maureen peters of southampton, massachusetts, told cnn after disembarking. "at one point, i thought i wasn't going to see my family again. i held on to the mattress so i wouldn't fall off the bed."she said it was her first and last cruise. "that boat should have never gone out," she said.the nightmare included four hours when the 1,100-foot long ship was at a 45-degree angle, according to justin scerbo, another passenger who was leaving the ship.royal caribbean said the ship suffered "superficial damage" to some public areas and cabins but has been repaired and will go back out on its scheduled itinerary next week. the cruise line said the storm the ship encountered was much worse than predicted.. that was marvin scott reporting. royal caribbean says passengers will receive a refund for their trouble plus a voucher for 50-percent of what they spent to be used
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big changes coming to a local farmers market-coming up in this morning's ag life report- how this will benefit farmers
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good news for shoppers and farmers in bedford. the chamber of commerce announcing some changes. the farmer's market will now be open on tuesdays, in addition to the normal friday hours. they're also continuing a monthly event on saturdays aimed to get the community involved in downtown. "the first saturday of each month april to october we'll
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also include artisans and live entertainment from 9 to 1 so people can enjoy the activities, shop locally and enjoy the farmers market" chamber officials say they made the changes because of an increased demand by shoppers for local food, which they say is good for farmers in the area! if you watch good day virginia with any regularity...you know our friend chef jeff bland from u.s. foods..but did you know he also volunteers to cook ?last night, jeff cooked for families at the neonatal intensive care unit at carilion roanoke memorial hospital.the march of dimes sponsored the dinner to help parents ease their minds during what can be a stressful time. "elliot broyles/ nicu parent advisory board: "something like this that's on site and parents don't have to leave their children, for very long. they can come down for a 15
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relaxation break." parents of former nicu babies helped at the event and also host many dinners throughout the year! starbucks is tempting your tastebuds this valentine's day! how you can snag one of these sweet
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low centered over the ohio valley will move easttonight into thursday. weak upper shortwaves will move across the mountains through tonight resulting in scattered snow showers andsnow flurries. a clipper system will cross our region on fridaywith some light snow accumulations...e
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good morning, it's thursday, february 11th. thanks for joining us here on good day virginia. i'm january keaton. and i'm kyle benjamin. route 220 is one of the busiest and congested roads in our region.there are plans to end the traffic headaches with the construction of a new interstate ... that would also run through several states.to the south, north carolina already wrapped up a big chunk of the project, south carolina has plans to begin &pconstruction ext year. - here in virginia - construction hasn't even started! in fact, plans interstate 73-- stalled for the past two decades. we sent wfxr's kristen eskow in search of answers in thiswfxr news special report -- 73
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1:00-1:051:34-1:392:16-2:22 2:24-2:29 if you're driving one of the thousands of vehicles that cruise down interstate 581 and route 220 every day -you've probably seen the signs - but not much else when it comes to progress on i-73 in virginia. blaine lewis - co-owner, fleet feet sportslewis: "we've heard very little about it."blaine lewis says he moved his athletic wear shop - fleet feet sports - to route 220 in roanoke county three and a half years businesses along the road - lewis says he believes a new interstate - could benefit all businesses in the roanoke area. lewis: "it just gives another corridor that connects roanoke to other locations, which businesses in a lot of ways and good for the valley." goodlatte: "it would make this area more attractive for more businesses to locate here." u.s. congressman bob goodlatte says discussions about the creation of interstate 73 began in the early 1990's. the interstate would run between michigan and myrtle beach, south carolina. goodlatte says he wanted to bring this highway through the roanoke area - to better connect the star city to other destinations in north carolina. goodlatte: "people here in the roanoke valley and central virginia travel to north carolina a lot for a lot of different reasons, and the roads could be improved a lot." goodlatte says among those improvements - would be a safer highway. people who live in the area - and travel route 220 regularly - say right now the highway is windy and can get very congested. the
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windy and can get very congested.ronald rigney - franklin county resident rigney: "the road's overcrowded, and it's just holding too much traffic. we've had some near misses here several times."despite the signs along route 220, the virginia department of transportation says interstate 73 may not necessarily overlap with route 220. the idea of an interstate next to 220 makes a lot of sense for some of the business owners we talked to. some local businesses we spoke with - say the idea of a new highway does not worry them. some business owners say they hope a new interstate - could lessen through traffic to north carolina.susan ober - owner, southern lamp & shade"i think it would take a lot of the congestion of the bigger trucks, campers, people that are traveling that are really not going to stop at a little local store like this. our people come in - they're coming for a reason."kristen eskow - keskow@virginiafi rst.comstandup: "but so far interstate 73 has not been designed in virginia due to a lack of funding. the virginia department of transportation says a location study was completed years ago to help select a corridor between roanoke and the north carolina state line. but vdot says that study - is all that the commonwealth has chosen to fund. vdot estimates the cost to design and build interstate 73 - just between roanoke and the north carolina line - is roughly four billion dollars." according to vdot, only 11 million dollars has been raised so far for the project. vdot says it does not make decisions about how the interstate 73 project is funded. lawmakers say those
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transportation projects like this one - are made by state governments.goodlatte: "there are a lot of other competing priorities in virginia and so far, the increased funds far, the increased funds there and increased funds that the state has managed to work out in the last few years have not gone to this project."congressman bob goodlatte and other federal lawmakers recently joined with congressman robert hurt of virginia's fifth district - to propose legislation encouraging all states along the corridor - to work together under an interstate compact to build i-73.eskow: "will we ever see this come to fruition in virginia?"goodlatte: "i think we will. and i'm glad to see that the initiative has been taken to try to improve transportation here."rigney: "i don't think i'll see it as long as i live. i think it'll be after i'm gone. i think at some point they'll fix it, but, you know, when? i don't know." kristen tag: "there is a committee in the state legislature here in virginia focused on interstate 73. that committee is run by state senator bill stanley - he told us his group is working on ways to build and fund i-73 in virginia - we won't see any consruction any time soon. in
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eskow, wfxr news. a live look this morning regional airport from our wfxr morning -- the bitter cold temperatures across southwest upper low centered over the ohio valley will move east tonight into thursday. weak upper shortwaves will move across themountains through tonight resulting in scattered snow showers andsnow flurries. a clipper system will cross our region on fridaywith some light snow accumulations...e
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we're six weeks into the new year and hopefully you're haven't given up on your resolution to lose weight. if you're thinking about calling it quits you probably just need a little support to push through. wfxr's paris holmes is going to tell us how the community is getting together to lose weight and have a "ton of fun" while doing it. ton of fun is a year long challenge where folks here in the roanoke valley trying to literally lose a ton weight and have great time while doing it. coming up we'll talk to one of the people behind it
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after trying brookside chocolate, people talk about it online. love at first taste. i would liquefy it and bathe in it. curse you, brookside! your nefarious plans have succeeded.
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are we still talking about chocolate? brookside. talk about delicious. over one third of adults in the u-s are obese, and as people recognize the cost of being overweight ---either to their pockets or to their overall health--they try to lost weight. but that is not easy, especially when you have to do it by yourself. but there is support out there. wfxr's paris holmes is at fleet feet sports where owners have challenged the community to come together and support one another in losing one ton of weight. owners at fleet feet
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of fun"--a year long community challenge where participants are supported in losing weight together toward a community goal of 2000 pounds which equals a ton. the program provides tools needed to live a healthy lifestyle. it's a a year long program, but participants sign up for 12 week sessions. the program can be used to lose weight and as a weight maintenance program. there is no deadline, so participants can signup throughout the year. during the program there will be weekly group meeting and weekly weigh-ins on saturday at 9:30am. there will be weekly enewletters with recipes, tips, stories, and other methods of support.the cost of "ton of fun" is $50 dollars, but you can earn the money back in store credit by meeting 2 different weight lost goals: receive a $25 voucher once you complete 8 weekly weigh-in and lose 2% of your body weight and receive another $25 if you lose 5% of of your body weight by the end
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a strong upper low centered over the ohio valley will move easttonight into thursday. weak upper shortwaves will move across the mountains through tonight resulting in scattered snow showers andsnow flurries. a region on fridaywith some light snow accumulations...e
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get ready to pay less than two dollars a gallon for gas all year.at least that's what the federal government estimates for most of the country.so how much is this expected to save you and your family?mary moloney breaks down the savings you could soon see! prices at the pump have plummeted.that means for the second year in a row -- you are going to save money.how much?the typical household will save nearly one thousand dollars this year compared to two years ago.that's from government estimates.it makes sitting in traffic a little less frustrating -- doesn't it? the energy information administration predicts the average cost of a gallon this year will be a buck 98.that's the lowest full year average since 2009.but remember -- gas prices do tend to rise during those summer travel months.the plunge in oil prices is also making it cheaper to fly.the average price of a domestic ticket in the united states dropped last quarter by more than 6 percent.but airlines can still get ya -- with the extras at the airport like roomier seats and baggage fees. so -- plan that extra trip with your family.but bring some of those gas money savings just in case.for
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we went in search of the cheapeast gas across the roanoke valley. according to gas buddy: you'll pay a buck-33 at the walmart on dale avenue.1-50 at sam's club on towne square boulevardand 1-50 as well at the tiger mart at the corner of peters creek and wood haven, off 581. the problems continue to mount for twitter. new this morning. the social media giant says it lost two million users in the last three months of 20-15. that news caused twitter stock to drop 12-percent in after- hours trading on wednesday. at the end of last year... twitter had around 305-million active users. by contrast... facebook has one- point-six billion.point-six billion. even instagram surpassed twitter in september
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the u-s is now one step closer to a true driverless car. regulators gave google the go- ahead to build a car with no steering wheel, accelerator or breaks.for years, google tol safety regulators that its self-driving cars are *safer* than care driven by actual humans.of course.. the cars are still years away from actually going on sale! next on good day virginia: more on how this california home owner is paying tribut to a special person is in his life! good day virginia returns in 2
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a home owner in california wanted to pay special tribute to his late father - and the home he grew up in. he decided to do that through photographs -ones that were big enough to cover an entire house. courtney friel takes us there. this home covered in exhibit to hit manhattan beach, at least until it's torn down next month to make way for a brand-new condo complex.gary sweeney grew up in the house on 35th street former manhattan beach councilman and mayor, bought back in 1945 for just bought back in 1945 for just $5,400 and lived in until his death in 2000.with great sadness, "it was a very tough decision, but it was time. the house is falling apart. we don't have children to pass it and his dad, who loved photography and took all these
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featuring gary's mom anita, sister gail, cousin mark, and grandmother maggie in their beloved beach community." they just loved manhattan beach, and all the way up until the day he died, the way up until beach, and all loved manhattan beach, and all the way up until the day he died, he was involved in something in the community."and people like juliann tran, who came up from orange county with her dog to see the photos, appreciate the sweeneys' memories. "i love art, and i love photography. that's why i'm out here with him. i take him out, we look at murals all over la. we drive around, and this is like the perfect combination of both."and gary is overwhelmed by the community support for his laborious project, which included scanning the pictures, getting them printed on plywood, then sawing them
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on the road to >> jason: a bitter cold temperature advisory with the temperatures in the subzero range for many of us. the air temperatures in the single digits. teens and now 22 at around smith mountain lake. the warm spot of the day. the look at the wind chill when you factor it in. talking single digits on both sides of zero and then 16 below
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